Alabama's last trip to Columbia, to face South Carolina resulted in a 35-21 Crimson Tide loss. UA coach Nick Saban was asked about that game Monday and and what he remembers from that day.
"What I remember from it was we got the lining kicked out of our britches. I don't know if you know what that means, but it means you got your butt kicked so bad you've got no seam in the back of your pants. I remember that.
"I know this is a tough place to play and we have a lot of respect for the team that we are playing. I think the players on our team need to have the proper respect in terms of what they need to do to prepare to play a good team like this."
Another award for Tua?
If all goes as expected, Tua Tagovailoa is going to be a candidate for no shortage of postseason awards, especially the ones everyone knows.
The Peter Mortell Holder of the Year Award probably doesn’t make that list. But now that Tagovailoa is aware of it — thanks to long snapper Thomas Fletcher — he wouldn’t mind getting his hands on it.
“I didn’t know there was an award for holding, so that’s pretty cool,” Tagovailoa said through a smile. “I’ll try to work my way up to get my name out there for the holder award. But it's pretty cool. Thomas Fletcher talked to me about there being an award for that so I’m working my butt off, trying to get it.”
Players of the week
Six members of the Crimson Tide earned player of the week honors from the University of Alabama coaching staff for their performances in the 62-10 win over New Mexico State.
Two wide receivers — Jerry Jeudy and DeVonta Smith — were the offensive selections. Jeudy had eight catches for 103 yards and three touchdowns. He is now fourth in the nation with 18 catches, 11th with 240 yards and tied for fourth with four touchdowns.
Smith caught five passes for 47 yards; three of his five receptions went for first downs.
Linebacker Anfernee Jennings and safety Xavier McKinney were defensive selections for the second consecutive week, joining cornerback Trevon Diggs on this week’s list. McKinney’s six tackles were tied for the team high, Diggs added four tackles and one of Jennings’ three tackles was a sack for a loss of seven yards. Jennings also had two quarterback hurries.
Kicker Will Reichard made two field goals, 49 and 48 yards, and all eight of his point-after attempts to earn special teams player of the week honors. He also handled all kickoffs and punted once.
• Freshman defensive end Justin Eboigbe (foot) was participating in the media viewing period. He missed both the Duke and New Mexico State games with that injury, but his return is in line with the timetable Saban provided last week. He slid right into the spot previously occupied by LaBryan Ray, the starting defensive end, who was present but not participating in the drills media was allowed to see.
• Also on the defensive line, freshman Antonio Alfano was not seen in practice. UA coach Nick Saban said after the New Mexico State game that Alfano was, “going through some discipline things from me.”
• On the offensive line, Chris Owens was practicing. He missed the New Mexico State game with an undisclosed injury.
• Safety Xavier McKinney continues to have less padding on his injured left thumb. It was a full-on club last Monday and downgraded to casts throughout the week before he played in the New Mexico State game; in Monday’s practice, it was just some extra tape over the hand, nothing further down the wrist.